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Entry Level Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Entry Level was updated on August 19th, 2018. Learn more here.

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How has your education prepared you for this career?

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Entry Level Interview Questions & Answers

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    How has your education prepared you for this career?

      How to Answer

      If you have work experience, focus on how your coursework and training has made you successful so far. If you are interviewing for your first position, you can talk about how your education will help you to be successful in meeting specific job requirements outlined in the company's job posting.

      Assure the interviewer that you have the skills and the training to fulfill these duties, and exceed expectations. Some of the skills we learn throughout our education are helpful for any situation. People skills and team-work will help you to interact with your new coworkers. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will help you to analyze information, notice details and deal with severe problems on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Formal education is an important step in any young professional's career. I learned a great deal about discipline and other transferable skills. In specific relation to a career in accounting, the case studies I encountered, along with my job training placement, gave me a major boost of confidence in my accounting knowledge."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "While attending my administration coursework I learned a great deal on a variety of important software programs. You can see on my resume that I am proficient in a great variety of programs listed in your job ad. I am proud to have formal training in these vs. being self-taught with potential bad habits being present."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My B.A in Business Management is the best gift I could have given myself. I had a few friends who did not attend University and jumped into a start-up with little business knowledge. I see them struggle in particular aspects, especially when it comes to networking and understanding stakeholder relationships."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I have always been strong when it comes to graphic design and creative thinking. What I did learn while obtaining my degree in Marketing and Communication was more about business strategy, buyer patterns, and the psychology behind advertising. That evergreen knowledge is irreplaceable because, as trends change, human nature will remain the same."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have not completed a formal degree; however, I have taken multiple certificates related to customer service and sales. I believe the most helpful aspect of this education has been the coursework I took in customer disputes and negotiations. I no longer shy away from upset customers because I have the confidence in myself to handle their issues swiftly and professionally."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in International Business and planned to earn my MBA online, while working full-time. Because I am focused on being a sales professional who travels internationally, I believe my education has significantly elevated my understanding of organizational structure and the presence of various business issues in a variety of cultures."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My Masters' degree in Education has boosted my confidence a great deal. I always wanted to be a teacher, and a well educated one. This degree will help me to show my students that higher education is essential. I want to be a great example to them."

      Nisha's Answer for a Forester Interview

      "Because I do not have a completed degree in forestry, I did not complete an internship. With that said, I had the opportunity to go to Canada and train on a weekend cleanup crew with Weyerhaeuser. The hands-on experience I gained was immeasurable."

      Ryan's Answer for a Medical Assistant Interview

      "I believe acting calmly and speaking rationally is a great way to calm someone who is angry and I try to be the voice of reason without making someone feel that I am belittling them."

      Ryan's Answer for a Mental Health Counselor Interview

      "My education and experience have allowed me to become highly skilled in creative therapy techniques. I understand that your facility holds a significant focus on art and music therapy. These therapeutic approaches align well with the foundation I have built throughout the years. I wholeheartedly believe that, as a Mental Health Counselor, it is not only about the 'book knowledge' I earned by attending classes in counseling and psychology. It's also the experience I have gained from working alongside talented therapists and clients with real-life concerns. My training and experience in creative therapy will play a significant role in helping many of the clients who walk through your doors for assistance."

      Heather's Answer for a Clinical Nurse Specialist Interview

      "One of my most memorable experiences was working with an elderly lady who broke her hip. She survived the hip surgery, which was amazing, but we noticed some problems with her heart in the meantime. After some investigating, we learned that she had a blockage. I learned how delicate and sensitive elderly patients could be, but I also learned how powerful having a good attitude can be. After multiple surgeries, this 85-year-old woman was still going and still smiling!"

      Heather's Answer for a Speech Pathology Interview

      "In my undergraduate training, I worked both in and out of the classroom on volunteer activities that placed me in both educational and hospital settings working with speech pathology teams. I have integrated experience within the hospital setting as part of a medical team involving speech-language pathologists, and I have been able to observe the evaluation and treatment of multiple types of patients."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Language Interpreter Interview

      "While attending College I was part of an exchange internship program in China. This internship was followed by another local internship with a private ESL school. These opportunities gave me a broad range of experiences which most definitely started my career off on the right foot."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Legal Assistants Interview

      "When I was attending university, I would have to say that my favourite, and most applicable course, was the Family Law Procedures course. Attending post-secondary education, in itself, taught me a lot about managing deadlines and being efficient with my time."

      Christine's Answer for a Parole Officer Interview

      "While interning at ABC Facility, I worked with a Parole Officer who I consider to be a great mentor to this day. She taught me how to follow best practices in assessing the personal needs of adult offenders and in determining treatment plans in a way that I could not have learned in a book. This internship taught me how to work as a team member, share knowledge and skills, accept, adapt, offer and respond to coaching on performance and skill development needs."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "• My degree has equipped me well, through my dissertation I got a deep dive into collecting data, analyzing it, and writing reports based on findings. Outside of my degree, I took part in societies and mentoring which have evolved my ability to communicate effectively, as well as my listening skills."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good. Now, can you take it a step further and connect the skills you developed to the job you're seeking and the problems the interviewer is seeking to solve as a result of this hire?

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